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A signature clubhouse at Solterra, known as the Retreat, is the perfect place for entertaining or just relaxing. The space is the site of regular community events and can be reserved for private parties, such as weddings and graduations. 



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Interesting Origins of Wedding Traditions   
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White Dresses      
   There was a time when a bride's wedding attire was simply the best thing in her closet, and could be any color, even black. To convince her groom that she came from a wealthy family, brides would also pile on layers of fur, silk and velvet. It was Queen Victoria who made white fashionable. She wore a pale gown trimmed in orange blossoms for her 1840 wedding to her first cousin, Prince Albert. Brides immediately began to copy her. 



The Best Man 

The original duty of a "Best Man" was to serve as armed backup for the groom in case he had to resort to kidnapping his intended bride away from disapproving parents. The "best" part of that title refers to his skill with a sword, should the need arise. The best man stands guard next to the groom right up through the exchange of vows, just in case anyone should attack or if a non-acquiescent bride should try to make a run for it.

It's said that feisty groups like the Huns, Goths and Visigoths took so many brides by force that they kept a cache of weapons stored beneath the floorboards of churches for convenience.  



Historically, the bridesmaids dress was actually selected with the purpose of tricking the eye of evil spirits and jealous ex-lovers. Brides' faithful attendants were instructed to wear a dress similar to that of the bride so that during their group stroll to the church it would be hard for any ill-willed spirits or former boy-toys to spot the bride and curse/kidnap/throw rocks at her. 

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue   


This rhyming phrase neatly lists a number of English customs dating back to the Victorian age which, when worn in combination, should bring the bride oodles of fabulous good luck. The something old was meant to tie the bride to her family and her past, while the something new represented her new life as the property of a new family. The item borrowed was supposed to be taken from someone who was already a successfully married wife, so as to pass on a bit of her good fortune to the new bride. The color blue stood for all sorts of things like faithfulness, loyalty, and purity.  Just in case that wasn't enough, brides of yore also carried bunches of herbs to ward off evil spirits which eventually evolved into the modern day bouquet.  



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The the old days grooms would gnaw off a bite of barley bread and then the remainder of the loaf was held above the newlywed bride's head and then broken, showering her with crumbs. Guests would then scramble to pick up any wayward crumbs off the floor as they were said to bring good luck. This tradition evolved as cake emerged as the preferred confection for wedding celebrations. Fortunately for the bride, a whole cake doesn't break in two quite as dramatically as a loaf of bread, and so it was sliced on a table instead. Rather than scrounge for lucky crumbs on the floor, guests would stand in line while the bride passed tiny pieces of cake through her own wedding ring into the hands of the waiting masses. Thus began the tradition of giving out whole slices of cake to each guest, not to be eaten, but to be placed under their pillow at night for good luck. 


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Serendipity can help with venue selection, menu planning, entertainment, flowers -- down to the last festive detail.
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Summer Weddings 2014  

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Summer is almost here!  Between celebrating summer holidays, hot days, cool nights, and all things
summer, we cannot wait for
summer weddings 2014!     
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The Do's and Don'ts of Brunch Weddings  
We love the trend of brunch weddings!  Follow these tips to make it a success!
Find a drink that fits your party personality.

Wedding DIY 


Many times the best touches to weddings are personal touches.  Take a look at these ideas and make your wedding have something special ~~ made by you!

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"Thank you for the wonderful food and service.
Sheri was surprised and very much enjoyed the gluten free pasta option. Everyone really enjoyed all the food, it's hard to pick a favorite! I loved the tomato sauce and the sweet potatoes were delicious as well.  
Thanks again for providing spectacular service."

~ Corporate Lunch
April, 2014  


"Just a note to say (Serendipity) rocked it today. Daniel is the best crepe chef, etc.  He is precise, particular, observant and always brings the "real whipped cream"!!!  
David spoiled me because he made a fabulous centerpiece... simple but totally colorful and made all the guys at the meeting feel special.  I even took a picture of it.  The colorful linens in the middle of the table with a sheer patterned tablecloth was so creative with tulips and votives.  THE BEST EVER!
......definitely A+ today."

~ Corporate Breakfast | Crepe and Espresso Station
April, 2014   
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